Thousands of Sikhs from Panjab were invited to farm a desert in Gujarat in 1965 after the Indo Pak war. After making the impossible happen now they are asked to leave. Story of the Sikhs in india.
The Gujarat government had in 2010 frozen bank accounts of the Sikh farmers who had gone to Kutch district in 1965 at the exhortation of then prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, citing an old law that purportedly bars non-Gujaratis from buying land in the state.
Though, the farmers won the case in the Gujarat high court, the Gujarat government challenged the High Court orders in the Supreme Court. The farmers say that the state government wasn’t implementing the high court’s order and their bank accounts were still frozen.
There are nearly 5,000 Sikh families in the Kutch area of Gujarat that are affected due to the Gujarat government’s decision to take back their land. The Gujarat Government orders stem from the Bombay Land and Tenancy Act, but the farmers say the government was misinterpreting the law.